Michelle Williams: 'Monroe role was inevitable'

November 14th, 2011

Michelle Williams thinks it was "inevitable" she would play Marilyn Monroe in a movie.

The actress admits she first "talked herself out of" playing the cinematic icon in 'My Week With Marilyn' because it was such a "daunting" role to tackle, but she felt she had to tackle such a big challenge in her career.

She said: "To be honest, the part kind of landed in my lap although I knew immediately that I was going to challenge myself to do it.

"I spent the next six months talking myself out of it - it was daunting - but, in the end, there was a kind of inevitability.

"It was the kind of part I was born to challenge myself with."

Michelle, 31, has a life-long fascination with Mariln, but thinks that is typical of many people.

She said: "I have always been drawn to Marilyn but that doesn't make me special in any way.

"She has that magnetism and that draw for so many people, so I read about her when I was young, devouring biographies.

"I'm most interested in her life before she became Marilyn. For me, the interest wasn't so much in this larger-than-life personality."